Coffee, Tea, or Seed?


I found some silverplate pieces thrifting~ a few trays, a mismatched coffee server and some stray cream & sugars~


 Tarnished and a few pieces pitted and scratched~

 ideal for a little project for our feathered friends.

teapot bird feeder

I had a little tabletop fun celebrating their faded glory before I decided to give them a new life and repurpose as feeders.


I bought 1/2 inch copper pipe at Lowe’s~ 10 feet for $10.42. I used a tool my husband had, similar to this one, that cuts by scoring the pipe and is easy to use, cutting the pipe into 3 different lengths.


A hole drilled in the bottom of the teapot allows the seed to dispense and makes for a self-serve feeder ~

teapot bird feeder1

 I used 1/2″ copper caps (75 cents) and a couple of washers (13 cents) so there was a little more surface area to glue the cap to the bottom of the tray and cream & sugar.





From sugar to sunflower seed~


From cream to safflower seed~


Served with a side of Daffodil :)


teapot bird feeder2

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  43 comments for “Coffee, Tea, or Seed?

  1. Happier Than A Pig in Mud
    March 13, 2013 at 5:30 am

    Very pretty! And quite popular I’m sure:@)

  2. Paula
    March 13, 2013 at 6:16 am

    Looks like the birds are going to enjoy fine dining! What a neat idea!

  3. Sandi Lee
    March 13, 2013 at 7:05 am

    What a wonderful way to honor the birds-beauty for them just as they provide beauty for us! A sterling idea (ha, ha)!!

  4. March 13, 2013 at 7:12 am

    How cute, Mary! Of course your birds would enjoy fine dining, too, LOL!

  5. Phyllis
    March 13, 2013 at 7:12 am

    Cutest and most clever thing I;ve seen in a long time :) You made my day!

  6. March 13, 2013 at 7:23 am

    Mary, I would never in a million years have thought to do this, and I absolutely love it!

  7. March 13, 2013 at 7:25 am

    How delightful. The birds are definately dining in style!
    Hugs, Kathi

  8. March 13, 2013 at 7:30 am

    Mary, what fun! Coffee, tea or seed – indeed! The birds are very lucky to have such dining style! Recycle recycle recycle — Yeehaw!

  9. March 13, 2013 at 7:42 am

    You have started a new must do! What special birds to have such royal feeders. They look so pretty. You are so creative.

  10. March 13, 2013 at 7:48 am

    Those silver feeders are so fantastic…talk about dining in luxury…sure to attract birds with great taste…another great bird feeder project Mary!!!…

  11. Patricia
    March 13, 2013 at 8:18 am

    What a wonderful idea ! Creative and so beautiful – you’ll have the classiest bird feeders in town ! Lovely….

  12. Cheryl
    March 13, 2013 at 8:22 am

    Very cleaver Mary. We did this a couple of years ago with china tea cups and saucers, but I love this idea so much better. Especially the teapot feeder…love it!

  13. Ellen Martin
    March 13, 2013 at 8:39 am

    Brilliant idea and beautiful photos as usual!! Can’t wait to try this wonderful idea! Thanks for your creativity and charm with everything you do!

  14. Margaret
    March 13, 2013 at 9:30 am

    These are lovely! I used to have something similar, made of copper, the only challenge was that when it rained, it filled with water and the seed got moldy. If you haven’t already, you may want to drill a couple of small holes so the water will drain out.

  15. Jan
    March 13, 2013 at 9:39 am

    We have lots of squirrels around and they would crash the party. I love the idea of using the tea set but the squirrels would be a problem. Anyone have any suggestions to discourage the squirrels?

  16. March 13, 2013 at 9:42 am

    How clever are you!!!!!!!! I am sure the birds will be flocking to their new dining setting. You can even create a beautiful dining experience for the birds!!!! XO, Pinky

  17. anon
    March 13, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Oh so adorable! Love your shots, so many fabulous ones. Very creative on the self serve… nothing like a lake to make it the best tea party in town!

  18. March 13, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Mary, I see a ton of these old silverplate pieces at the auction that I attend regularly! You have given me and many others a brilliant idea to repurpose these pieces!

  19. Paula
    March 13, 2013 at 10:16 am

    You are so amazing! I love those bird seed servers, I bet the birds do too!!
    Have a super day !

  20. March 13, 2013 at 10:41 am

    This is such a cute idea, Mary! Your bird friends must feel like royalty!!


  21. March 13, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    I absolutely love this idea? Do you have a repurposed birdbath as well?

  22. March 13, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    I love your sweet display for feeding the birds. It’s so attractive and really is classy looking lawn art.

  23. March 13, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Those are just darling. I love the idea and think that it must be fine dining for the bird set. You did a wonderful job! xo Diana

  24. Deborah
    March 13, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    I gave a tray exactly like the one you used to my church rummage sale just last year! Wouldn’t it be funny if it was mine?! But seriously, a great idea for upcycling; wish I had thought of it. Just beautiful!

  25. March 13, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    How clever of you and how wonderful for your little feathered friends! Somewhere I have a couple of trays and odds and ends with which I could do something similar…Thank you for the inspiration!

  26. March 13, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    So clever, so charming, you are indeed a thoughtful hostess for the little birdies. Thanks for sharing!

  27. March 13, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    Love these. What a great idea. :)

  28. March 14, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Ingenius and lovely. Those little feathered friends will be dining in style. –Lucinda

  29. Meg
    March 14, 2013 at 10:35 am

    i really love this and can’t wait to try

  30. Cindy
    March 14, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Love the idea, good way to use silver and you don’t need to polish. but what about drainage, if it rains. Love your blog, amazing pictures. Thanks.

    • March 14, 2013 at 11:19 am

      Our seed gets gone so quickly between the birds and the squirrels, I usually fill them everyday. Any accumulated water I empty if it’s been raining. You could always drill a few holes in the bottoms for drainage.

  31. March 14, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    I love these, so cute and clever of you. I just bought some bird seed yesterday and now I need to come up with a clever feeder. Thanks for sharing and for the tutorial.

  32. March 14, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    Your birds are so lucky to dine in such style! Sadly, I have to put baffles over my bird feeders so the squirrels don’t eat all the seed in one meal. They get plenty that falls on the ground anyway :) I love your beautiful idea though!

  33. March 17, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    Neat idea! I’ve seen this done in the china versions, but not in silver.

    – The Tablescaper

  34. floatingturd
    March 18, 2013 at 1:51 am

    How perfectly delightful. I’m sure the little birds will enjoy the seeds served up to them in silverware. I just hope you don’t feed them lavender seeds, as they will become quite intoxicated and go on to lead wicked, wasteful lives of lechery and gambling. Sunflower seeds will ensure they grow up to be righteous, god-fearing birds.

  35. Teri
    March 18, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    You can keep the birdseed from sprouting when it hits the ground by microwaving the batch for about 2 1/2 minutes. Then allow to cool; then add to feeder. No more weeds.

  36. March 18, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    This is so pretty. I love silver and it would be beautiful in the garden. Susan @

  37. March 20, 2013 at 9:02 am

    Love this… I am going to do some thrift store shopping and see what I can find.

  38. March 24, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Absolutely fantastic! I’ve got a metal teapot that would be perfect for this, it’s a great idea.

  39. March 31, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Super cute idea! I have a china bowl I set up this way. I use it to hold water. The silver pieces are cute and the unusual shapes offer some whimsy- love it!

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